Spinal Injuries Are Different from Brain Injuries
While a spinal cord injury (SCI) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) differ in many ways, both types of injury can affect brain function—and both are potentially serious, often resulting in long-term or permanent disability. The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP help victims of both SCIs and TBIs seek recovery for their injuries.
Understanding the Similarities and Differences Between SCIs and TBIs
Causes: While the primary causes of both types of injury are car accidents, firearms, and falls, spinal injuries typically are caused by sudden wrenching movements in their spines, while head injuries are most commonly caused by a direct blow to the head, generally—but not always—resulting in loss of consciousness. Of course, a direct blow can affect the spine as well.
Symptoms: While an individual in Georgia who experiences a spinal injury is likely to experience immediate and severe symptoms such as pain and changes in ability to move, brain injury victims do not often experience symptoms that cause them to seek the medical attention they urgently need. This is why anyone who suffers any type of head injury should see a doctor even if they suffer little more than headaches, nausea, momentary dizziness, or no symptoms at all. The right medical diagnosis can make a dramatic difference in the potential for recovery.
- Long-term effects: Both SCIs and TBIs can result in long-term or permanent impairment to the ability to move and control extremities, and they both can affect internal organs. But brain damage can be even more far-reaching, affecting cognitive abilities, memory, speech, sight, hearing—and virtually any function of the body.
The Relationship Between Spine and Brain Injuries
It is important to understand that one of the main purposes of the spine is to serve as a communication pathway between the nervous system and the brain. While head injuries do not typically cause damage to the spine, it is possible for a spinal injury to affect the ability of the brain to do its job as the control center for virtually every function of the body. This is the primary reason why individuals with spine injuries lose sensory and mobility functions, as well as changes in organ function—particularly the bladder and kidneys.
Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
At the law firm of Henry Spiegel Milling LLP, we have more than two decades of experience helping victims of SCIs and TBIs caused by negligent or willful actions of others. We understand how to deal with the complex legal issues and how to obtain medical proof required to ensure our clients pursue full compensation for the extensive past, present, and future anticipated costs associated with their injuries.
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A serious injury—especially one involving your spine—can change your life forever. If that injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover monetary damages.